Is truffle oil a suitable substitute for truffles?
Andy Sez: Jeff, In a perfect world we’d all have gigantic piles of truffles lying around our kitchens waiting to flavor our sauces, risottos, eggs, and anything else we could dream up to use them in. You and I both know this isn’t gonna happen any time soon. As far as substituting truffle oil, here’s my feeling: Truffle oil isn’t the same thing but it certainly can be delicious, it’s more readily available all year ’round, and it is most certainly a hell of a lot more affordable. If you have the choice between truffle oil and no truffle at all, go for the oil. Just a tiny drizzle adds a flavor and aroma that permeates an entire room. Good quality truffle oil (such as Etruvia) is really an awesome ingredient. On the other hand, truffle oil, while delicious, is not always a good substitute for actual truffles. I think the oil is great for adding that special touch to risottos or soups. But if you’re making a real show-stopping dish with truffles as a main feature — like a sauce Perigueu